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October 11, 2010

Red Oak rocks Tupelo in finals

Norman — This fall season, the Red Oak Eagles suffered only one loss — to the Tupelo Tigers.

Saturday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park on the campus of the University of Oklahoma, the top-ranked Eagles and the second-ranked Tigers (in the OKRankings Poll) played for the state championship of Class B baseball. When it was all over, not only had the Eagles avenged that loss, but took home the state championship as well.

The Eagles had two big innings as they ended up run ruling the Tigers 14-1 in five innings.

“This group has always played well on the last day,” Red Oak coach Trey Booth said. “They play well in big games. Tupelo hit the ball right at us, and we found holes early. We respect that team so much. (Tupelo coach) Clay (Weller) does such a great job at Tupelo. We love southeastern Oklahoma baseball.”

The Eagles (35-1) never trailed. Red Oak took a 1-0 lead in the opening inning on an RBI single by Dustin Knight.

Then came the first of two big outbursts for the team in purple. An RBI single by Dwight Camp, an RBI double by Blu Crose, an RBI double by Brooks Deatherage, a two-run home run by Micah Crenshaw (his seventh homer of the season) and an RBI double by Knight produced six runs for a 7-0 lead.

The only hit and run for the Tigers (25-10) came in the home half of the second inning. With one out, Tanner Davis his his second  home run of the state tournament — a solo shot — to cut the Red Oak lead to 7-1 after two innings.

But from that point on, Red Oak pitcher (and Trey Booth’s son) Jordan Booth took control. Despite playing with two cracked ribs, Booth (7-0) retired the next 11 batters in a row to end the game. He finished the game with six strikeouts.

“He’s a tough kid,” Booth said about his son. “I couldn’t be more proud of him, as a coach or a dad. He really threw well. This was a special moment.”

After a scoreless third inning, the second of two big innings for Red Oak occurred. An RBI triple by Knight, a two-run homer by Dylan Fazekas (his 13th of the season) and a two-run homer by Blaine Parks (his 10th round-tripper) produced five runs to up the Red Oak advantage to 12-1 after four innings.

Red Oak’s final two runs scored in the fifth inning as an RBI single by Knight and an RBI for Crose as he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded made it 14-1.

For the game, Knight was 4-for-4 with a double, a triple, four runs batted in and a run scored for the Eagles. Crose was 3-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Camp was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Deatherage was 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Booth aided his own cause with a 2-for-4 outing, and courtesy runner Tanner Crockett scored both times he ran for Booth. Fazekas was 2-for-4 with a homer, three runs scored and two RBIs. Parks was 2-for-3 with a homer, two RBIs and a run scored, while Crenshaw was 1-for-2 with a homer, two runs scored and two RBIs.

Matt Benedict (4-6), the state quarterfinal winner on Thursday night at Norman High School, suffered the loss.

“First of all, congratulate Red Oak on the fine season they had,” Weller said. “They’re a powerhouse. we’re disappointed that it ended up as ugly as it did. But looking back on the season, I’m proud of my kids, but it was a disappointing end.”

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